Child Arrangements Order – Residence and Contact

When you separate, although you will no longer be a couple, you still continue to be parents to your children. Therefore, you need to be able to communicate and work together to co-parent your children.

However, at a time when you are struggling with your own feelings, it can be difficult to plan and decide what is best for your children. This is where we can help.

Arrangements for children

After you have separated, you will need to agree the arrangements for the children – i.e. where they live (often referred to as Residence) and when they spend time with the other parent (referred to as Contact).

It is always preferable to work together to try to agree the arrangements, particularly as you need to continue co-parenting after separation. Therefore, our aim is to work with you to find a solution that works for you, but also has the best interests of your children at heart.

Many cases are capable of agreement following reasoned and sensible advice. We offer specialist advice on all aspects of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) to try to avoid the need for Court proceedings.

Unfortunately, there are cases where it is not possible to reach an agreement and it is necessary to apply to the Court for a Child Arrangements Order to determine where a child is to live and when they spend time with the other parent.

In these circumstances, our experienced family law team will be able to represent and guide you through the proceedings. Our family team consists of qualified family law solicitors, lawyers and legal executives, all who have many years of relevant experience in family law.

As members of Resolution, we are committed to working in a constructive and amicable way. Our family lawyers will give you clear and practical advice with the focus on keeping cost to a minimum and ensure matters are dealt with amicably and swiftly.

We know how important your children are to you and understand you will be concerned how separation will impact them. That’s why we are here to help you find the best way to deal with the challenges you are facing.

Free Legal Appointment

Our Family Department offers a free 30 minute appointment to all clients.

At that appointment we will discuss and review your circumstances and give you preliminary legal advice.

We will also review with you, in general terms, your options in respect of the divorce, finances or children matters and also provide a cost estimate.

The 30 minute appointment will be free of charge and there will be no obligation for you to use our services.

Please telephone the following contact numbers to arrange an appointment:

Eastbourne 01323 727321

Hailsham 01323 841481

Polegate 01323 487051

Meads 01323 407577

Alternatively, please complete the contact form below.

We will maintain complete confidentiality and discretion at all times.

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Please note the above is for information purposes only and is intended to be a short summary.  It should not be treated as a comprehensive guide and should not be acted on without qualified legal advice.

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